I always suspected my cat got my jokes..
He's probably just acting polite, like the rest of us... :tongue:
Another thread about this from the Biology forum.
Thanks, Ivan, for linking the threads up. I had not seen that other article. I've always been curious about what laughter is - why people do it, but animals don't, and what purpose it serves.
The other thread is pretty old and had not been active.
smiling dog contest My dog thinks shes funny, she does something she finds amuseing and you can almost see her smirk. She also smiles.
Ha! The disguise continues to hold...
I have seen certain breeds of dogs that smile - or at least their facial muscles certainly produce something that gives that effect. The first time I saw it was when a friend's Australian Shepherd dog smiled at me. It gave me a chill - it was totally unexpected!
My parents' neighbors have a Doberman named Vanna. Vanna smiles all the time - just loves to show her teeth. From what I hear she is just a big ol' love bug and gentle as a lamb. Of course it scares the heck out of anyone who comes the door because what they think they are seeing is a vicious snarling Doberman!
I remember that thread! I had been about to start a thread about prairie dogs that were using the same means of communication, but it was so similar to your article, I didn't.
You Yanks are a little backward, aren't you? Our gophers used to whistle, but now that cell phones are small enough to fit their paws...
Have any of you read this book. Provine gives very good evolutionary explantion of laughter.
ooooh! I am gonna have to get that book! Thanks for the recommendation!
Danger, you're a riot!
That had me laughing, heh.
I wish I could tell if that was sarcasm or not...
So much has happened since I last posted (I've actually had to work!). Evo changed her avatar again--Evo you are so pretty.
Okay, sorta on the topic... Once I was shopping for a birthday card and found one that said: "Muskrats don't celebrate birthdays... I say 'no' to the Muskrat way." I thought it was so funny, but no one else did.
Anyway, dogs seem to use facial expressions. Cats just don't bother much--well except when they're pissed off.
Try saying that out loud! It's more of a tongue twister than it appears!
Dudette, didn't you learn anything from Gale17? You're supposed to use your "internal monologue" when you read. :rofl:
I've played regular Twister, but this sounds more interesting...
Okay, maybe it's a brain twister too! I can't even think it right. :tongue2:
I never believed that dog laugh story until I saw it first hand. It was Christmas eve. The cat climbed up into the xmas tree, bit a bulb and was electrocuted in front of the entire family. The dog barked and drug herself to the kitchen to feed [they do that a lot] on two legs - she had laughed her a$$ off.
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